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Once again an incomplete report, failure to identify the perp is a public disservice.

One Arrested After Hand Grenade Found in Los Angeles Airport

A hand grenade found in a carry-on bag at Los Angeles International Airport prompted officials to delay five flights and disrupt travel plans for some 800 passengers for a couple of hours, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

Officials arrested one person in relation to the incident, according to a TSA statement on Friday. It was not immediately clear when the incident occurred.

“The Terminal 1 checkpoint was closed while the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team transported the grenade to an offsite location to be disrupted,” the statement added. “Five flights were delayed 2 hours, 19 minutes, affecting 800 passengers.”

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  1. Police confiscate grenade from Stanford professor at LAX By Brian Sumers, Daily Breeze
    By Brian Sumers, Daily Breeze
    Posted: 05/27/14, 8:55 PM PDT | Updated: 2 days ago
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    A political science professor at Stanford University who attempted to bring a World War II-era grenade Tuesday afternoon through security at Los Angeles International Airport — forcing police to evacuate a portion of the airport — was being questioned by police Tuesday evening, three law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles News Group.

    Gary Walter Cox, 58, told authorities the grenade had belonged to his father, who had recently died, the sources said. He thought it was inert but a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said police determined that it might actually have been live.

    The grenade was spotted by Transportation Security Administration workers during routine screening, a federal law enforcement official said.

    The Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad was called out to the airport, and Terminal 1 was evacuated at about 3:45 p.m. Police transported the item and later blew it up, the three sources said. The terminal was reopened about 4:20 p.m.

    A law enforcement source said that even after the grenade was detonated, it wasn’t clear if it could have caused damage on its own.

    Cox was planning to board Southwest Airlines Flight 1143 to San Jose, a 4:35 p.m. departure, according to one of the law enforcement sources.

    Nancy Castles, a spokeswoman for Los Angeles World Airports, said officials could not comment on the matter. LAPD officials also declined to comment.

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